NBC10.com - George Spencer
Burglars left behind a bizarre display of knives in at least two homes.
Ten burglaries and attempted burglaries occurred within the last two weeks, putting neighbors along the Main Line on high alert.
Seven homes were hit with burglaries or attempted burglaries within 48 hours last week and, since then, three more burglaries and attempted burglaries were reported within Haverford Township.
A man who lives on the 2700 block of Haverford Road noticed the window screen to his home was left open around 7:30 a.m. Friday morning, but no one got into the house, according to police. The next day, another resident along the 800 block of Biddle Street found their back basement door open, according to authorities. A few of their items, including a pair of sneakers, were stolen.
Officials say a thief stole $80 from a home on the 700 block of Lorraine Ave July 7 and burglars also hit homes on the 600 block of Lakeside Avenue, 1500 block of Delmont Avenue, 2500 block of Bryn Mawr Ave, and 600 block of Wynnewood Road.
All of the incidents occurred during the early morning between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.
One of the victims, who didn't want to be identified, awoke to a frightening display left by thieves.
“I got to the other room and I had noticed drawers were open and things were thrown on the floor, the thieves were looking for quick money and valuables," he said. "Knives that are normally in a butcher block were pulled out sitting in places I would have never left them."
Another victim also reported an odd knife display left behind by burglars.
Petro Horyn told NBC10 thieves tried to break into his Haveford Township home through his basement window on July 8, but took off when a downstairs tenant was jolted awoke by the noise.
Residents claim that they have never felt unsafe in the area, but due to the sudden spike in burglaries they have decided to take new precautions.
“We went out and got keys made for the doors," said Kathie Datki, a neighbor who is not a burglarly victim. "My daughter is locking her doors, we’re looking our doors, we have to change the way we live."
Police are not sure if the incidents are related. An investigation is underway.
No arrests have been made.